New Living Wall is first of its kind in UK
Friday August 16th, 2019
Southampton City Council, with its Highways Partner Balfour Beatty, has begun work to transform the newly reconstructed Millbrook Roundabout into a greener, cleaner environment with a new Living Wall made up of green planting.
Work on what will be the first Living Wall of its kind on the UK’s major road network is already underway and is scheduled to complete by October 2019. New Living Wall set to be installed on Millbrook Roundabout is first of its kind in UK.
The Living Wall installation is being funded from efficiency savings made as part of the main £8.3m Millbrook Roundabout reconstruction scheme which completed earlier this year.
Cllr Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Transport and Place, commented:
“We have committed to making Southampton a clean, green, sustainable and successful city through our Green City Charter. The Living Wall project at Millbrook Roundabout is the first of its kind in the UK. It’s an exciting way to make our public spaces more attractive whilst at the same time having a beneficial effect on the environment. Investing in greening projects like this will play an important part in safeguarding our local environment for future generations.”
Richard Sabin, Managing Director of Biotecture, said:
“Yet to be seen on the UK road network, the Millbrook green columns are evocative of the Via Verde highway pillars in Mexico City, and they’ll help with air pollution reduction. We are very excited to be work on this flagship scheme in Southampton.”
The Living Wall complements the newly completed SCN1 Western Cycle Freeway which runs from Totton, past Millbrook Roundabout, right into the City Centre. It provides safe, consistent and high-quality cycleways for people cycling along this route.